Archaeology of Battery Hooper
As you visit the web site of Battery Hooper or in the future visit our museum, several questions may come to mind such as: What happened to the original artillery earthwork and powder magazine? Shouldn't it look like the drawing below? Archaeology sets out to answer questions such as these about the past. The James A. Ramage Civil War Museum's ongoing archaeology project is focused on discovering what happened to Battery Hooper and whether any remnants of it still exist hidden on the museum property.
Archaeologist and president of the JARCWM board, Jeannine Kreinbrink, began the archaeological research of the Battery Hooper site using a modern non-destructive technique of investigation called remote sensing. This technology sends signals down into the earth and reads changes and disturbances under the ground. It is similar to radar or sonar. Using remote sensing, Kreinbrink and her team identified several interesting locations in the front yard for archaeological testing. They started the formal excavation of the Battery Hooper site in September of 2004.
Archaeologists pay close attention to detail when they dig. Each excavation unit is carefully mapped, measured, and dug in layers so nothing will be missed. They collect soil and sift it through wire mesh screens to collect artifacts. Keeping records is very important. Archaeologists take many pictures, make drawings, and keep notes of everything they do. The results of the project will be on exhibit in the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum. The archaeology team has found over 1200 items in the last year including a Civil War bullet.
|Overview map of Battery Hooper
Author Chester F. Geaslen
Our Moment of Glory in the Civil War
(Newport, n.d.), pg. 31
September 10 & 16, 2006